Bids accepted to demolish old Port Allen school
PORT ALLEN - The fate of West Baton Rouge Parish's first predominantly black school during the days of segregation took another bittersweet step when the school board accepted a $72,000 bid to have the campus bulldozed within the next 45 days.
The Advocate reports the board's action comes two months after the West Baton Rouge Museum announced plans to salvage several items from the historic buildings to be used in an exhibit on the school's significant role in education in the parish. The school district also intends to erect a marker at the site after the buildings are torn down.
Cohn High offered a secondary education to black children between 1949 and 1969.
On Wednesday, the school board unanimously accepted a bid from ARC Abatement for $72,219 to tear down the camp